Palin's reality show will receive $1.2 million in film tax credits

Kyle Hopkins

"Sarah Palin's Alaska," the TLC reality show starring the former governor in her home state, will receive about $1.2 million in tax credits for filming in Alaska, the state says.

Under a state subsidy created by the Legislature in 2008 and signed into law by Palin, Alaska allows film and TV producers to recover 30 percent or more of the money they spend on filming in the state.

All told, the Palin show spent $3.6 million in Alaska, the state says.

TV and movie-makers may not have a significant tax liability in Alaska but can sell their credits at a discount to corporations that do. The tax revenue would have otherwise gone into state coffers.

Shows such as "Deadliest Catch" and "Ice Road Truckers" have also received credits in the past year, though no reality show spent or received as much as "Sarah Palin's Alaska," according to Alaska Film Office figures.

Season four of "Ice Road Truckers" spent $2.7 million in the state, receiving about $900,000 in tax credits. Season six of "Deadliest Catch" spent $1.7 million and received about $600,000, the film office says.

California-based production company Jean Worldwide Inc. applied for the subsidy for "Sarah Palin's Alaska." The state film office approved the paperwork Feb. 11.

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